One more death related to Covid-19 has been reported in the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
NISRA says a total of 855 Coronavirus related deaths have occurred in Northern Ireland. The latest death ‘involving’ Covid-19 occurred in the last week, from July 25 to 31.
The comparative number of deaths reported daily by the Department of Health to July 31 was 556. These figures are based on patients having previously tested positive for the virus, whereas the NISRA figures are based on the information entered on death certificates, completed by medical professionals.
They may or may not have previously tested positive for the virus.
Of the total 855 deaths recorded by NISRA, 449 (52.5%) took place in hospital, 349 (40.8%) in care homes, eight (0.9%) in hospices and 49 (5.7%) at residential addresses or other locations.
The 357 deaths in care homes and hospices involved 81 separate establishments.
Further analysis, which includes deaths of care home residents in hospital, shows that of the 429 deaths of care home residents involving Covid-19 in the year up to July 31, 2020;81.4% (349) took place in a care home with the remaining 80 occurring in hospital.
On this basis, NISRA believe deaths of care home residents account for 50.2% of all Covid-19 related deaths but they say “no assumptions can be made in relation to where or when the deceased contracted the disease”.
Separate NISRA analyses based on the date of death registration, shows the provisional number of total deaths from all causes in Northern Ireland in the week ending July 31, 2020 (week 30) was 273 – that’s 34 less than in week 29 and nine less than the 5-year average of 282.
But over the last 18 weeks they also found that 1,031 ‘excess deaths’ (deaths above the average for the corresponding period in previous years) have been registered in Northern Ireland, with the number of ‘excess deaths’ in the year to July 31 totalling 772.
Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate of one (0.4%) of the 273 deaths registered in week 30. This is six fewer than in week 29.
People aged 75 and over accounted for two-thirds (65.2%) of all deaths and 80.1% of Covid‑19 related deaths registered this calendar year up to July 31.
For Covid-19 related deaths, those with an address in Belfast Local Government District (LGD) accounted for 245 (28.7%) of the 854 deaths registered in the calendar year to 31st July.